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Coliidae - mousebirds

Speckled MousebirdMousebirds are found in Sub-Saharan Africa. They are small gray birds, no more than 14 inches in length, with long, thin tails; stubby bills; and crests on their heads. They get their name from the way they scurry along like mice! They eat berries, fruits, and buds. They have very strong claws and can hang upside down while feeding. Mousebirds are very social and often gather in groups. Mousebirds are also known as colies.

World Status Key
Least Concern Least Concern Near Threatened Near Threatened Vulnerable Vulnerable Endangered Endangered Critically Endangered Critically Endangered
extinct in the wild Extinct in the Wild extinct Extinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH
breeds in nh Breeds in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

New Hampshire Species


 North/Central American Species

None   None

Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North/Central America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH Species

Red-backed Mousebird - Colius castanotus Least Concern Africa
White-backed Mousebird - Colius colius Least Concern Africa
White-headed Mousebird - Colius leucocephalus Least Concern Africa

  Speckled Mousebird - Colius striatus Least Concern Africa
Red-face Mousebird - Urocolius indicus Least Concern Africa
Blue-naped Mousebird - Urocolius macrourus Least Concern Africa

Additional Information

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Speckled Mousebird - Colius striatus profile Photos Least Concern Africa
The speckled mousebird is found in Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and the Central African Republic.
Source: Honolulu Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes